The Porsche Martini Turbos

Howard Watts
By Howard Watts

Porsche's 930 Turbo is one of its most iconic models, and in 1978, 9 cars were made to commemorate the Porsche and Martini partnership. Of these 9 cars, only 3 were Right Hand Drive, and Howard has 2 of them...

The Porsche 930 Turbo is without a doubt one of the most iconic 911’s ever made, with its incredible power and striking design, utilising wide rear arches to accomodate the turbocharged, air-cooled 3.3L flat six engine. And, of course, the “whale tail” spoiler!

The first 930 Turbo’s were produced between 1975 and 1977, with a 3.0L turbocharged flat six engine, producing 256bhp - a lot of power for a small, light car 40 years ago! In 1978, Porsche facelifted the 930 Turbo with a larger 3.3L engine, and an improved intercooler. The changes increased the power of the 930 Turbo to 300bhp - a lot even by modern standards.

Then, in 1978, the Martini Turbo’s were made. 9 Cars to celebrate the Porsche/Martini collaboration. These cars had a unique exterior design, white featuring the martini stripes, the fuch’s alloys, Martini badging, and most significantly, the Fuhrmann seats, designed to provide an orthopaedic benefit to the occupants. The cars also have blueprinted engines - an engine made to EXACT specifications, similar to what would be expected in racing as opposed to production cars!

Howard now has 2 Martini Turbos, believed to be the only 2 full specification cars of the 9 made. 

The white Turbo which is seen most frequently was the 1978 Earls Court Motor Show car, and then Porsche’s press car. It has covered 138,000 miles in its lifetime and has been driven on every UK race track, with the documentation to show for it! The white Turbo also has a claim to fame within Porsche Culture - serious enthusiast Magnus Walker saw this car at the Earls Court motor show, and started his love affair with Porsche. He was recently reunited with the car at his book signing, at Porsche Center East London, where he left a signed message on the door.

A message from Magnus Walker left on the drivers door
A message from Magnus Walker left on the drivers door

Howard also owns the only Black Martini Turbo from 1978. It was originally specified by an oil Sheikh, who INSISTED that the car had to be black with black interior, and paid a premium for it. This car has only covered 28,000 miles in its lifetime and is like new!

Both of these unique cars have been in Howard’s collection for roughly 20 years, after years spent networking to find and purchase the cars.

Both are immaculately cared for and are maintained with a full service history.

Howard is always happy to share his story about the Martini Turbo’s, so feel free to pop in to the garage and say hello - and look out for the cars at future events and shows!